Offers Guided Relaxation


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Art/photography: Griffin Keller,

Art/photography: Griffin Keller,

As I write this, I am at the beach. Okay, not really. I’m on my living room sofa with my laptop on my lap and a beach scene from running in the background.

I heard about this web site twice in the past week, and since it’s pretty unusual that I hear about any web site twice in the same week, I thought it might be worth a visit.

The concept is simple. Nature scenes with sound and/or music, and sessions in various lengths that are either guided or merely timed. And if you close your eyes during the timed session, you won’t know it’s over — there are no obnoxious beeps or squeals to alert you. Instead, a pop-up window with buttons that allow you to share your session on social media (if you wish to do so — I did not) simply and silently appears. There’s a countdown clock in the lower left hand corner of the screen as well.

I tried both the two minuted guided and the two minute timed sessions. Once you click on your time choice, a screen appears that says:

Prepare for your 2 minute session:

 choose your preferred nature scene

wear headphones if you have them

    ensure you are free from distractions

As I was the only one in the house, the third one was easy. I opted out of the headphones, but I suspect that the experience is more encompassing with headphones.

While I enjoyed the two minute guided relaxation with flowing water and background music, it wasn’t until I found the beach scene (and switched off the music) that I was hooked. In fact, as I said, I have it running in the background as I type this. is available for iPhone and Android, but I liked using the online site. I like the idea of completing a task and taking a calming two to five minute break (options are two, five, ten, fifteen and twenty minutes), and I really like allowing the beach scene and sounds to continue to play in the background while I work.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the beach is calling.

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Art/photography: Lisa Lawmaster Hess, 2012, all rights reserved.

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About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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